Expert: Nokia acquisition will boost government use of Microsoft products

30 September 2013

Microsoft's recent purchase of Nokia's handset department has created a significant amount of buzz in the tech industry. Over the last few months, Microsoft has made a number of moves that indicate the company is ready to shake things up in a big way. They recently revamped their corporate structure and are actively looking for a new CEO. The Nokia acquisition is simply the latest sign that the company is planning something big in the mobile sphere. 

Exactly what it will mean to the IT industry and support professionals is difficult to predict. However, the move certainly places Microsoft in a great position to become the global leader in enterprise mobility. 

Government adoption expected
One particular area in which the purchase could represent a watershed moment is in the government IT field, according to Information Weekly's Randy Siegel.

Microsoft products are already widely used by U.S. government agencies. In fact, Siegel noted that 95 percent of federal government email is supported by the company's Exchange software. Another important fact he highlighted is that the majority of individuals who access the Internet do so on a mobile device. Because Exchange is so commonly used by government workers, the use of mobile-ready Microsoft products could increase in the coming months and years. 

In particular, the source stated that SharePoint is one program already optimized for mobile devices that could see a spike in government adoption. Most government agencies already operate heavily on Windows and PC infrastructures, making it sensible for government organizations to align their mobile tools with their hardware architectures by investing in Microsoft tools. 

For this reason, Microsoft training among U.S. government workers may increase in the coming year. From SharePoint courses to mobile-centric programs, a number of these classes will be in demand. 

In fact, such training will likely be a top priority for both public and private sector IT professionals. Tom's Hardware astutely noted that 1.3 billion people use a Nokia phone today. That's an incredible mobile market that Microsoft has gained access to with their purchase of the mobile manufacturer. 

Potentially, it could shift the entire mobile sector in Microsoft's favor, not just the enterprise field. Even if it doesn't lead to an industry shake-up, Microsoft certification courses may increase anyway. The company's collaborative tools are some of the few mobile-enabled unified communications platforms on the market today. As enterprises start to embrace interconnected technologies, SharePoint, Lync and Exchange will likely become more popular. 

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